Bali Yoga Video: Day 15: Balinese Dancing, Culture

The Internet here at the resort has not been working for a few days now so I haven’t been able to upload, check emails, check Facebook, or return texts with any consistency (for my iPhone friends), etc. Hopefully it will get settled soon, very soon.

Today was a really good day. This video is AWESOME and from just one of the day’s amazing adventures. There’s so much that happens in a day, it’s hard to sum it all up.

For now, I’ll just talk about this video. We had a half day today: meditation, yoga asana, an essential oil lesson, and yoga nidra. My Yoga Teacher Training program includes 2 days of tours and I took my second one today. We went to a Royal Bath/Swimming Pool, a Royal house, and the small native village of Tenganan, know for geringsing double ikat textiles. After the cultural tours, a few of us then adventured into Candidasa for a traditional Balinese dance and dinner. IT WAS SO GOOD! I loved the music. I loved the dancing. I loved the costumes. I loved the instruments. I loved the makeup. I loved the expressions. I loved that they pulled us up on stage and has us dance with them. YUP! My phone ran out of memory so I don’t have a full video of myself on stage. One of my friends recorded it, so I’ll have to get it from her. I hope that you enjoy this and get a good taste of this culture. We were the only ones there tonight! It’s definitely the slow season right now in Bali. It was nice to have the whole place to ourselves, honestly. I am quite a big fan of local life and not many crowds. God is good.

There is so much more to say, but I still haven’t read emails from my Mom and sister and I need to go to bed so I can be rested for more yoga stuffs tomorrow.

Thanks for reading. Have a good one. Enjoy. Live fully. Namaste!

Bali Video: Day 14: Monkeys!

This video is actually from yesterday. I took two. Of course my adventures from today could have resulted in their own video, and one I would like to share is the movie I just finished watching: “What the Bleep Do We Know?” Wow. What a great film! Yes, there were parts that were a tad boring and some of it I’d like to sit with a little bit longer to see how it resonates, but overall, this film is powerful! It explains quantum physics and the impact it has on us, our planet, our minds, each other. Wikipedia says this about it: “What the Bleep Do We Know!? is a 2004 film that combines documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that posits a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.”

Youtube has the full film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioONhpIJ-NY

Enjoy these two videos! The monkeys were such a treat to find yesterday! It was a nice reward after the 45+ minutes hike up to the top of this hillside. I didn’t go into the Monkey Forest in Ubud because of the stories I had heard from others in the group about the violence they acted out on people and each other, but I really did want to see monkeys here in Bali! It’s very much what this movie discusses: when we set intention, when we believe and expect, that intention happens. God is that good. I think you’ll enjoy the movie. It demonstrates how the mind rewires/renews and how science proves (quantum physics) that what we think about, what we meditate on, what we expect, manifests. We are powerful. YOU are powerful. I am powerful. One of my intentions is to change the world and help people see how important they are. When I know, when you know, how important I/you are, this world will change. We create worlds. What are your thoughts about? What are you meditating on? I am powerful. I am changing the world. I am beautiful. I am a leader. I am wise. I am an incredible steward of money. I create wealth. I am a blessing. I am healthy. I am strong, courageous. I have clear objectives for my future but I live fully in the present. I fully enjoy the present moment. I am thankful. I am full of joy. My life is great. I live the life I want right now. I remember people’s names. What are you?

Thanks for reading. Until next time: Namaste!

Bali Yoga Video: Day 13: half way point!

One of the girls and I hired a guide today to take us up a nearby mountain. Here’s a video from our excursion. I’ll have to share the video of the monkeys at the top tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Bali Yoga Video: Day 12: Ubud

Today was only meditation and yoga asana practice then it was a break day. We get 2 included excursions in our teacher training package and I decided to go on the Ubud excursion today (along with nearly everyone else in the group). This trip consisted of a stop at a water purification temple and then the city of Ubud. I was going to participate in the water purification ceremony with everyone but as I was talking about it over breakfast I suddenly felt no interest. It’s hard to describe but I suddenly pretty strongly that I didn’t “feel like it.” I’ve learned to pay attention to such feelings and thoughts, no matter how insignificant they may seem, sound, or come. Once I allowed this thought to take some root, suddenly I thought about the implications of getting ready, showering, and then going straight into a public shower, that I would have to bring a change of clothes, have a plastic bag for my wet stuff, and it would be sitting on the bus, blah, blah, blah, and it all lost it’s appeal.

The water purification temple consisted of several parts: there were natural springs coming from a hillside to go through, a 6 foot or so waterfall to dip under, a wish to be made, burning of incense and offerings, kneeling and praying, etc. As I watched and happily stood on the sidelines for this activity, taking pictures of and for my friends, I was struck by the final activity of this purification ceremony: the sprinkling of water on everyone’s heads and a smattering of rice pressed into each person’s forehead. The rice made such a pretty mosaic like design, just above and between the eyes. The woman who had done this to everyone turned to me afterwards and asked if I wanted to have some of this holy water and rice sprinkled on me. I paused, to see how this idea resonated with my spirit (aka Holy Spirit) and said, confidently, yes, yes I do! She sprinkled me with water and then grabbed a few fingers full of the white rice and pressed it into my forehead. I smiled, thinking of the pretty mosaic rice design I now had on my forehead, as she made her way into the crowd. One of the others asked what the significance was of the rice and the woman explained that because rice is such a food staple in Asian culture, it is considered to be a blessing of prosperity to have this done. Ahhhhhh, yes, yes I do want a blessing of prosperity! Thank you very much for asking!

I was planning on taking some video while in Ubud, but it escaped my mind completely until I had already returned to the Puri Bagus resort, so this video is a short description of one of the items I bought there.

Ubud is a big city and it was really nice to visit. It definitely has it’s touristy elements but I enjoyed the day out and about, doing something other than yoga, and really getting to spend some quality time with my new friends. The trip was about 2 hours each way by van. I’m thinking I’ll be heading back there again to explore a little more.

It was a great day and I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Thanks for reading/watching. Until next time, Namaste!

Bali Yoga Training Video: Day 11

On one of the first days Liz, one of the co-founders, had us write Day 1 and Day 22 on a card. She then had us close our eyes, put our pen under the words Day 1 and with fluidity and movement up and down and around, we drew a line from Day 1 to Day 22. Most everyone’s were pretty squiggly with highs and lows. She went on to say that this was a representation of what our experience would be with our yoga teacher-training program and to expect this over the next few weeks. She stressed the normality of such an experience and that there was nothing wrong with us experiencing great highs and even difficult lows. There has been a strong emphasis to be ok with what is, to not judge, but to acknowledge what we are really and truly feeling, to not fluff over reality, all so that we can honestly evaluate and see clearly how to move forward, only after we have allowed ourselves to come to terms or recognize the right now. For me, today was a bit of a low day. There wasn’t anything in particular that was bad that happened today. I even took our asana practice off today to assist in class, so I can’t say that I was exhausted from yoga practice, but what I can say is that we are learning a lot, I have been meeting lots of new people, settling in to a new schedule, new food, new culture, new yoga styles and teachers, sitting for long periods of time, experiencing a bit of pain in my neck, shoulders, and wrists, and then applying all that we are learning, not only in front of the class in active assists, teaching, presenting, asking questions, etc., but also in conversations, in interactions with people, in meditation, and in this blog. I have really appreciated the emphasis on being ok with what raises up within ourselves, whatever the feelings are and that there is no “bad” or “good.” I think I have had a pretty good grasp of not judging, categorizing, fixing, or skipping over my feelings of the moment and blowing into “good” behavior, but there is ALWAYS more to learn! There was a moment today where I saw within myself stubbornness, a recognition, and then confusion as to how I could have responded better to the situation. I felt isolated and lonely after this small interaction but within a short amount of time, I saw that it was one of the moments to recognize what is/was, and know that I have the power to choose how I respond again and throughout the rest of the day. Coincidentally, (I think not!), Liz talked about reactiveness and responsiveness in relationships and our own self talk in this afternoon’s class session, confirming my grace for myself and my ability to choose. The day ended well with group work, restorative yoga, group hugs, a send off for our Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher Basil Jones, and a few of us practicing assists and teaching. Tomorrow is a half break day and the majority of the group is traveling to 2 hours to Ubud together. I am really looking forward to getting off site and traveling around a bit, buying little gifts for people, and seeing life in a larger city.

My acupuncture treatment today was great, by the way. My arms have been going numb/tingly when I have been reaching my arms up overhead in asana practice and that’s stopped since my acupuncture treatment. I’m SO glad! I have regular chiropractic and Heller Work (myofacial tissue release) massage work done at home, but here, that isn’t an option. If necessary, I am glad to know that acupuncture can be of help if I need it!

I need to get some sleep but I hope this is inspiring and encouraging! Thanks for reading, until tomorrow, Namaste!

Bali Yoga Video Day 10: Puri Bagus Candidasa Resort

It’s the end of Monday, December 2, and I’ve just come from a really great, fresh, coconut drink, sunset, and conversation with the 2 birthday girls, Betsy and Claire, and several amazing others. Among the highlights of the day, were a nice break from Vinyasa Yoga class for a time of observation (which was AMAZING! I have learned so much from Basil and his skill as an instructor. My students back home are going to love it. ☺), I just had a great conversation with Nicole and Claire about blogs. Shout out to all you lovelies, btw! One of the things that stuck out to me about our conversation are concerns over who will read our blogs? What I shared with Nicole is that that really isn’t my concern. What I know can happen is that we get stuck with this thought and wonderment of “Oh, but what I write about is ‘trivial,’ who would want to read it?’ and this can actually paralyze us with inaction! I have no idea who will read this, if anyone actually cares, but this really isn’t the concern or the point. There are several reasons I am writing this blog: 1. I know deep within, that I should be doing this and I feel overwhelmingly compelled to be doing so. Of course I could not do this, but I make the choice to every day. 2. I want to improve myself and writing things down and recording them is a way to do that. 3. Blogging is forcing me to be very vulnerable and open it is helping me to rid shame. Shame that has tried to hold me (and us all) down, and keep me from being free. 4. I want to better the world and even if my blog is for no other purpose than tonight’s conversation about getting rid of shame, I am bettering the world through it!

So, enjoy this blog. Enjoy the video tour around some of the buildings here at the Puri Bagus Candidasa Resort and I will chat with you tomorrow, hopefully having encouraged you too to live a courageous life, following your dreams, living out loud, and encouraging others as you do.

Namaste!

Bali Yoga Video: Day 9

I’m feeling the effects of 2.5 hours of daily yoga asana! I’m looking forward to taking tomorrow off and observing the amazing Basil Jones from the other side of the yoga mat: the sidelines. It will be good for me to observe and really take in how he works. Ok, stop this serious business! My roommates and I are cracking up right now over French fries and chocolate cake (well they are anyway, I’m here with the computer having eaten a Greens+ Chocolate Energy Bar), laughing hysterically about all sorts of nonsense. We had a restorative yoga class tonight and I just kept laughing! It was hard to be “serious.” ☺

Well, the tiredness is returning. I need to go to bed. I hope you enjoy the video. I will try to get one in the day light soon!

Enjoy! Namaste.

Bali Yoga Video: Day 8

I’m sitting pool side right now. I know. It’s pretty nice. ☺ We had a shorter day today so that we could have some rest. We still had our morning meditation, 2.5 hours of Vinyasa Flow asana practice, breakfast, and then we had group presentations! Wow. They were so fun! Each group had 3 or 4 people and a different yama or niyama. My group had saucha: a niyama. If you are curious as to what saucha means, watch this video! Hopefully you can hear. We ended our skit with a catchy fun song about the 8 limbs of yoga, another aspect we had to incorporate into our project. I love theater and this was a really special treat to get to watch all 30 of my classmates be creative, funny, deep, lighthearted, and wacky. We ended this time with a group dance session and then circled together, hugging as one group and where as one moment ago we were laughing and giggling, many started to tear and even cry a moment later. The honesty, the openness, the unity, and the love felt was mystical. The day’s organized events ended with another meditative session with deep relaxation and lunch. I washed laundry in the bathtub, hung out with people by the pool, and swam some laps. I have a massage in a bit (included as part of the Yoga Teacher Training program!) to round out this day quite nicely.

Maybe in another post I’ll explain the yamas and niyamas. If you catch my video and/or post from yesterday, you’ll get the general gist though.

Happy day to you and until next time, Namaste!

Bali Yoga Teacher Training: Day 6: rest, strength, grace, love

It’s amazing what some good sleep can do. I didn’t sleep well the night before and my yoga practice yesterday was like moving through sand. I could barely lift my leg. Today, however, I got a good amount of sleep and I felt strong and way more able to participate in the entire 2.5 hour class. It’s amazing what a day can make! It’s such a good reminder to give ourselves grace and that tomorrow is a new day. Some of the biggest ideas we are discussing here in our Yoga Teacher Training is to enjoy the present moment, be in the right here, right now; notice what is, what we each feel, notice the truth about ourselves and surroundings, but not to let these things ruin us, not to let these feels/truths/etc. dictate how we respond or behave. My yoga practice yesterday is a good example of that: I enjoyed where I was even though my yoga practice wasn’t much to speak of. I took a lot of child’s poses and/or watched our instructor adjust and cue the other students in the the class as I rested. There were a few moments where a lie tried to creep into my head saying I should feel shameful or inadequate because I wasn’t doing what all the other students were and that I wasn’t good enough, but I consciously chose to not believe it. I consciously chose to give myself grace and take breaks and actually make use of that time and learn, instead of pouting in child’s pose the whole time. (Believe me, I have done that in the past, but I have chosen to not be so selfish anymore.) It feels good to be so present, so able to enjoy the right here, right now. It’s good to be here!!

Happy Thanksgiving by the way!! Nothing too out of the ordinary happened here because of the holiday, there are a lot of non USA students here (actually maybe even most are not American even!) But one of the girl’s, Kate, a lovely new friend from England, made cards for a few of us where she actually drew out typical Thanksgiving images. It was so sweet and cute! I got an incredibly cute turkey wearing cowboy boots, SO American! 🙂

I hope you enjoy this video. This is part 1 of the movie “I Am” which we watched last night. It’s a documentary about the director of the movie “Ace Ventura,” among others, and how his life changed after he had a serious injury. Here’s what the Youtube write up says about it: “We have created a world based on the notion that we are all separate. Fundamentally, there is no separation.” What is cool about this movie is that it interviews some 10+ people of all different walks of life, faith, and beliefs, and shows scientifically how we are all literally connected. This movie shows the power of thought, speech, and how we are shaping our future through it; we are not victims to the world going to hell, we are the ones steering the boat. It’s a powerful movie and I hope you enjoy it!

May you enjoy the moments. May you realize that you are stronger than you think you are. May you know when to say no and be confident in that decision. May you experience deep rest. May you know you are loved.

Namaste!

Bali Yoga Video: Day 5, swimming release

20 minutes in the pool and the pain in my knee is gone! I’m one happy camper. It was hard to leave the pool, frolicking, twisting, butterflying, free-stylin’, stroking on my back, diving, being weightless, it was glorious! But I had to leave to go and watch an INCREDIBLE movie with the group. Thankfully there’s more swimming to be had tomorrow! I’ll share the movie we watched tonight with you tomorrow as my video. Yes, I know, it won’t be me and Bali, but actually, it will be. You will LOVE it.

Namasate!